2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 : Full Review

Posted: September 6, 2016 in Camaro, Chevrolet
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Chevrolet Camaro

In the American continent, competition is fierce between car makes to make the best of the best in muscle car terms. Ford makes the Mustang, then Dodge makes the Charger, and Chevrolet makes the Corvette and the Camaro, if one of them makes a special edition, then the other two will follow, and this goes on. Chevrolet, comes with a new version of the Chevrolet Camaro, calls it the ZL1, and it is just staggering.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was expected to produce 640 bhp and 640 lb.ft of torque from its LT4 6.2 supercharged V8 engine with tailored intake and exhaust system, instead, it makes more, 650 bhp and 650 lb.ft of torque (868 Nm). These number give it the title of the most powerful Camaro ever made. The engine is the same fitted to the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but the Camaro is not capable of the same numbers. 0 to 60 takes 3.5 seconds, an improvement on the old Camaro. Doing the quarter mile take 11.4 seconds @127 mph, which is slower than both the Corvette Z06 and the Hellcat Dodge Challenger. The Camaro ZL1 comes with two gearbox options : either a 6-speed manual, capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in the first gear, or a 10-speed GM automatic gearbox. Yes, 10-speed, this new gearbox is made after a collaboration between Chevrolet and Ford collaboration, for the rear-while-drive vehicle, to make a new gearbox that allows quick shifts while the engine is at high regimes and high speeds. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 features 11 heat exchangers for optimal powertrain cooling.

The LT4 engine used on the Camaro ZL1, and the C7 Corvette Z06

The LT4 engine used on the Camaro ZL1, and the C7 Corvette Z06

The exterior design as you see is more aggressive. It took 100’s of hours in the wind-tunnel and on-track testing to validate the new design, and aerodynamic changes. The Camaro ZL1 comes with a new engine grille, that gives it not only a more aggressive look but also allows greater airflow. Engineers fitted a new carbon-fiber hood air extractor to pull heat from the engine compartment and to help reducing lift forces. In addition to that, the ZL1 comes with a new front bumper, whose air ducts are larger to allow better brakes’ cooling. More aggressive aerodynamic lines appear, to give the muscular look and to reduce drag on the surface.

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The Chevrolet Corvette ZL1 is build on the Alpha plateform. It weights 200 pounds less than the predecessor, has more power, thus an improvement on the power-to-weight ratio. It has been fitted with new, more sophisticated systems. The Magnetic Ride Suspension was updated for a better, less uncomfortable driving experience. Also, it (ZL1) comes with a new electronic limited-slip differential, new custom launch control, and more track oriented driving modes. To guarantee a shorter braking distance (32 meters from 60 mph to 0), the ZL1 has Brembo brakes with six-piston monobloc front calipers and large 15.35-inch (390 mm) two-piece front rotors. The price to all this luxury comes at 63,000$.

 

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